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Armed fighters push rebels out of Raqqa

Last modified: 15 Aug 2013 00:14

An armed group has expelled rebel Free Syrian Army fighters from their positions in the northern city of Raqqa, a watchdog reported on Wednesday.  

"Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have taken  control of the positions of the Ahfad al-Rasul brigade in Raqqa," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

For more than a week, clashes have pitted jihadists against the Ahfad  al-Rasul brigade, a part of the mainstream Free Syrian Army. The fighting between the two rebel groups erupted when ISIS attacked Ahfad al-Rasul positions in the city, according to the Observatory and brigade officials.

"They wanted to take our munitions and weapons," an official from Ahfad al-Rasul told AFP on condition of anonymity. 

"ISIL wants to control the whole city," said the Observatory's head, Rami Abdel Rahman.